PCCEP Members

Commissioner Carmen Rubio (left) and project manager Robin Johnson Craig (right) at Mill Park
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Ann Campbell

Settlement & Policy Subcommittee Co-Chair

Ann has been in public service in and around Portland for over 33 years and retired from Portland Community College, where she worked for 25 years developing and managing a robust Community Education program. In this capacity, she worked with both internal and external partners to create meaningful programs to address the evolving needs of her community. In 2000, Ann was trained by the City of Beaverton neighborhood mediation program and spent the next 18 years being a volunteer mediator for the City of Beaverton, Multnomah County Small Claims court, and with the Shared Neutrals program, where she mediated workplace issues for city, state, county and local agencies. As a passionate advocate for social justice, Ann sought out opportunities to educate herself on critical race theory and participated in numerous classes, workshops and webinars over many years. Additionally, she took classes offered through PCC's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion office, and after some time, was asked to co-facilitate PCC's professional development classes for staff and faculty; Ann conducted numerous 25-hour intensive trainings, until the closure of PCC in-person classes due to COVID-19. Ann lives in Portland with her husband and has spent a good deal of time in her retirement working to improve her community; she is a long-time volunteer with Hospice and a tireless activist for racial and social justice.

Gloria Canson

I attended University of Portland and completed undergrad and Graduate degrees from the School of Ed. While working on my degrees, a Youth Counselor position opened at Don E Long School, my stay there was for two summers. After graduating I was hired as a Literature and Writing teacher, Roosevelt High School.  I taught twenty-eight years at Roosevelt High School, Jefferson High School 3 years, and Martin Luther King Middle School two years. In the summers I worked as an Urban League Summer School Teacher, as well as Benson High School Summer sessions. I have been awarded five National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. In the summer of 2005, I became a consultant editor for EMC Paradigm Publishing, which was adopted as High School Curriculum by Portland Public Schools. My religious affiliation is Baptist. Community Affiliations: Black United Front, Portland’s Rethinking Schools. I am a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and still yearn to learn. My reason for joining Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP) is because; It is important for me to invest my time and energy to insure a safe, trusting policed community, for my grand-children and great-grands. 

Celeste Carey

Full-Committee Co-Chair

Celeste worked for 13 years with the City of Portland as a Crime Prevention Coordinator with the former Office of Neighborhood Involvement, wherein she liaised with and organized community members, governmental agencies and service organizations to address livability and public safety issues. Celeste has expressed that she works with schools, faith organizations, police, Neighborhood District Attorneys, the OLCC, health and welfare agencies, affinity groups and others. During her career, she helped establish the City of Portland Civic Leadership and Diversity Partners program, co-founded The Restorative Listening Project on Gentrification, founded and served in ex-offender re-entry efforts, served on state and county health, housing and community development projects and organized numerous community-based safety efforts. Other employment includes coordinating the Albina Community Weed and Seed Program (a Department of Justice public safety and community development effort), AmeriCorps Member, print journalist, nursing and community health educator. Celeste was educated in in Communications, Journalism, and Nursing, and is currently employed as the interim Co-Manager of KBOO-FM Radio, here in Portland.

Nathan Castle

Nathan is a new but fiercely dedicated Portlander committed to making our great city a safe and accessible place for all Portlanders to live, work, play, worship, and thrive. Living in the central eastside, Nathan identifies as an urbanist, walker, transit rider, and avid explorer of Portland's many neighborhoods. Nathan takes a collaborative, outcomes-oriented approach to problem-solving and civic engagement. He believes in the potential of PCCEP and is committed to realizing that potential. Nathan’s intent in becoming a PCCEP member is to focus on carrying out the PCCEP plan and working to improve the relationship between Portland police and the community. Nathan sees many opportunities to build on existing investments in policy development processes, open data reporting, and community engagement programs to improve reach and awareness. Nathan has proven his commitment to excellence in police training by serving on the PPB Training Advisory Council. He will use a position on PCCEP to help Portland achieve excellence in 21st-century community-engaged policing.

Scott Latta

Scott Latta is a resident of the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood and works by day as Editorial Director of a global relief NGO based in Washington, D.C. A Portland resident since 2015, he joined PCCEP in order to begin taking action on local issues that impact his neighbors and community after years spent working in international relief. He lives in Portland with his wife and 6-year-old daughter. Scott joined PCCEP to hold PPB accountable to its obligations, understand more deeply how our police interact with Portland's most marginalized citizens, and to give voice to those citizens so that PPB will act more fairly, responsibly, and justly toward all.

Leslie Martinez

Leslie lives, works, and plays in Portland and can think of nowhere else to call home. She can often be found enjoying a concert or dining at one of the city's many destinations. Leslie is always looking to make an impact and improve her community. Previously, Leslie served on the ambassador boards of local nonprofits, College Possible & Impact NW. Leslie is an inclusive and skilled facilitator and has experience collaborating with cross-functional teams to achieve desired results. 

Tia Palafox

Community Engagement Subcommittee Co-Chair

Tia Palafox is a retired K-12 School Counselor from the Eugene School District.  She worked as a detention Group-worker at Skipworth Detention Center (Lane Co. Youth Services) meeting police with the youth about to be detained to complete intake and work with the youth throughout their detention; as well as an Employment Specialist/ youth counselor for teens who dropped out of school at Looking Glass Job Center (Eugene), while working on her bachelor’s degree in Human Services at UO in the early 90’s, she knew that she had a passion working with and serving youth who were really struggling. Tia worked in non-profit agencies that were youth centered, until she returned to get her master’s degree at OSU to become a School Counselor, she was hoping to be more on the prevention side, after building so many skills in intervention. While working towards her master’s degree in School Counseling in the late 90’s, her & her spouse at the time became treatment foster parents for SCAR Jasper Mountain Center and she became a Qualified Mental Health Assistant. She volunteered for several family & youth centered non-profit organizations in Eugene over the years.  Once obtaining her master’s degree, she became a School Counselor in 1998, starting off in rural Harrisburg, OR, then shortly after began working for the Eugene 4J School District.  While at 4J she made a commitment to equity & inclusion and became a leader for the Minority Student Achievement Network to “close the achievement gap”; attended hours of Center for Equitable Education trainings and became a leader for Taking It Up, the second part of the CFEE training.  She volunteered for Centro Latino Americano and helped educate immigrants on their rights when stopped by law enforcement.  Tia became specialized in suicide intervention & prevention while working with Lane County Mental Health & Public Health, as a School Counselor.  She completed the Initial Administrative program in Education at UO in 2009 and focused on alternative education. In December 2009 Tia had a massive stroke, which caused her to have a brain injury & disability.  Becoming disabled didn’t stop her, she continued to stay active in her community and returned to work as soon she was released to do so.  She said that she was able to have a new lens on accessibility and empathy for others with a disability. Tia retired from the 4J School District and moved to Portland in 2017.  She began volunteering at Buckman Elementary School (PPS); as well as at Rahab’s Sisters, a small program that serves marginalized unhoused women, as soon as she moved here.  She has been getting very involved with Portland’s unhoused community and is passionate about social & racial justice and mental health & wellness for our community members. Tia is very involved with her niece and nephew, who both attend Jefferson High School, and are the most important people in her life.  She enjoys traveling, especially to Mexico. 

Ashley Schofield

Community Engagement Subcommittee Co-Chair

Ashley grew up in the Metro area, but later went to school and worked in larger cities including places like Boston, Washington DC, and San Francisco, before moving back to the Pacific Northwest to raise her family in 2017.  During the day, Ashley works for Metro's Government Affairs and Policy Development team. Her other full-time job is being a mother to her six year old son who is a 1st grader in PPS district, where she is an active volunteer currently serving as the Racial Equity and Social Justice Chair of the PTA board. In her free time, Ashley is a community volunteer. Currently, she is the team leader for her neighborhood's Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). Through that work, her mission is to create community resiliency through community connections. One example Ashley did to put this in practice was by helping to build a community garden through resources donated by neighbors to make a Home Forward apartment complex more connected to their neighbors living up in the West Hills. Ashley is also an active volunteer and former employee for Beacon Village, a nonprofit that has built a transitional housing shelter and provides warm meals to our unhoused neighbors. 

Derek Thompson

Retired in 2011 as a Cosmetology Instructor in Washington State and Portland, Oregon.

Two semesters of Community College in Portland, Oregon (2011-2013) Studied Business Management.

Founded HANDS of FAVOR, a local Community Service NPO ( 2013-2021) served as Board Chairman and President.

In this capacity I served four counties in Oregon and Washington, with 28 partnerships including local churches, public schools, Elderly Care Centers and Social Service Organizations working with the poor and under-served people including the Homeless communities.

The purpose was providing free haircuts and and grooming services to the disenfranchised people to add a sense of value and dignity into their otherwise less than desirable lives and lifestyles as a way to lift them up and motivate them to begin to pick up the pieces of their lives and hopefully become positive, productive citizens in their respective communities.

Currently involved in creating another NPO to address the social justice issues that plague our communities presently. Adult Sunday School Teacher and Western Conference Director of Evangelism for AME Zion Church.

My passion lies in social justice for all and unity in our communities. I believe we can eliminate hate and injustice if we communicate and learn to love one another as human beings.

My purpose of becoming a PCCEP member is to be a voice for the voiceless. My intent is to improve the relationship between Police and those in the community who are not heard by encouraging and facilitating open and honest dialogue between the two, because we all have to live on this planet together.

Byron Vaughn 

Racial Equity Subcommittee Chair

Currently working at JOHS Joint Office of Homeless Services, a County position in Portland. 25 years of extensive experience in leadership roles, focused strategic planning; and process improvement with having an equity lens. Equity Inclusion and Diversity. 2 years of being on the negotiation table for union contract , Was a shop steward for Local 2505 now with Local 88. Now on PCCEP Behavioral Health Sub committee and the Youth Sub committee since August of 2021. Homeless for 8 months and City Team And Bud Clark Center is where I was Living at for the time being. Tireless activists for racial justice and equity. Advocate for young black males. Byron is very involved In getting the black communities back in Portland. Born in Oakland California, Relocated to Portland Oregon in 1994.

Robin Wisner

Full-Committee Co-Chair

Settlement & Policy Subcommittee Co-Chair

Robin Wisner has been involved in a broad array of issues, areas of the community and constituencies. He has worked from Gresham to Beaverton and from Portland to the State Capitol in Salem. He has worked in several ways as a volunteer the Portland Police Bureau, on their Hiring Review Board, Crises Response Team, Ride Along as well as several other areas. As a minister he serves on the Albina Ministerial Alliance Board of Directors and has been involved in several ecumenical endeavors. As an activist he has been responsible for either coordinating or strategically assisting in the coordinating of a number of significant community projects, the Rosie Parks Blvd renaming, Caesar Chavez Interstate name change attempt, coordinated the march to bring together City of Portland and Northeast community together for Portland Police Officer Mark Zylawy well known as Z-man, leading intervention in quelling a number of incidents of youth violence in the City of Gresham with the Chief of Police and the Mayor, currently serving as City Councilman in the City of Maywood Park and working with Wisner Consultants LLC. As a charismatic caring person for the wellbeing of humanity he has been very successful in bringing people together from all walks of life in many ways, politically, socially, spiritually etc. He has served with all the various levels of leadership in making our city a better place and challenging many different kinds of problems.